Friday, December 12, 2014

Do you think this Arts Funding Helps You?

Use the contact info below to share feedback or comment on this blog.

Dear Arts Advocate:

After delays and wrangling, Congress has reached agreement on final funding for all federal agencies and programs for the 2015 fiscal year, which started back in October. The U.S. House passed this mega bill, known as a "Cromnibus," late last night by a vote of 219-206, sending it to the U.S. Senate, where they will work through the weekend to pass it.

Included in the agreement is $146 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This means funding would continue (for the fourth year in a row) at current levels through September 2015. This funding level matches the U.S. House committee's proposal from this summer and the President's request from the spring, but it is less than the $150 million proposed by the U.S. Senate and favored by arts advocates.

Also included is $25 million in funding for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education, which has again survived efforts to zero out funding or consolidate all funds.

In addition to funding, Congress included several policy provisions, notably legislation that reauthorizes Brand USA, a public-private partnership that helps generate international visits to the U.S. aiding the cultural tourism sector. It is also expected in these last few hours that Congress will pass a patch to allow last-minute tax-free contributions from IRA accounts, a key item for arts institutions.

These actions conclude another turbulent and chaotic year in Congress that has seen these annual funding bills stalled with "policy riders" that were often completely unrelated to the actual funding of government agencies and programs.

A summary of the final FY 2015 appropriations is as follows:

Key Federally Funded Arts
Programs FY 2014
(in millions) FY 2015 President's Request
(in millions) FY 2015 Cromnibus
(in millions)
National Endowment for the Arts $146.02 $146.02 $146.02
National Endowment for the
Humanities $146.02 $146.02 $146.02
Office of Museum Services $30 $31.06 $30.1
U.S. Department of Education's
Arts in Education Program $25 $0 $25
Corporation for Public Broadcasting $445 $445 $445
Congress will now turn to work on FY 2016, while also needing to address funding problems as soon as January because of short-term spending decisions for agencies carrying out U.S. immigration law.

With all these late-breaking developments and chaotic scenes, make sure your pro-arts message is heard as the new 114th Congress takes office and begins work on the next budget. Please join us in Washington for the 28th annual Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Action Summit on March 23 - 24, 2015, and let your representatives know the arts are important to you and your communities! Register today!

Thank you for your support of the arts. Please help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today-it's free and easy to join!

Have a great holiday season!

1000 Vermont Avenue NW
6th Floor
Washington DC . 20005
T 202.371.2830
F 202.371.0424
One East 53rd Street . 2nd Floor
New York NY . 10022
T 212.223.2787
F 212.980.4857

- jennimusing - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Friday, October 24, 2014

We Are the Wardens

Photo Gallery - We Are The Wardens
Artist: Katie Chasteen
Genre: Sculpture
Venue: Delurk Gallery
Media: paper, natural objects, fibers, glass, acrylic

October at Delurk there may be something that has been missed by some visitors...

That is the quiet intimacy of the sculptures presented in the rear gallery. The work of one, Katie Chasteen.

Katie is a full time member of the collective, volunteering as all the artists at Delurk do to support the daily operations of this unique art space.

A fine art photographer, Chasteen has an eye for framing moments within the larger work by piercing the forms and composing the view within.

One cannot fully experience the pieces by simply passing by them on a stroll through the space.

They need to be entered into through the marvel of the human eye; to be pondered, considered, investigated for hidden treasure revealed in one's particular and personal imagination.

The images in this post are a scratch at the surface of these "Wardens" standing their posts and housing visions and keeping secrets.

These and other works are on view and available for purchase at Delurk through November 2.

Check for gallery hours and special events.

- jennimusing - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

My Work is Art

Thanks for the article about artists in our community... now, about that photo...

"I make my living from from my art." Is what the sign should read...  or, "My work is Art."

To use an image that messages "Will Work for Art" implies that the basic human needs of these artists in the article do not need funds to provide for their daily needs and though I applaud the fact that this piece introduces the reader to a range of artists that may have escaped their notice, I find the use of this image misleading.

The fact is, art has value like any other profession and the individuals who dedicate their life to being working artists have remarkable skills that contribute value to our community in ways beyond conventional systems on measure and valuation.

Dane Walters is one of those visual artists that is dedicated to perfection. Each new work is a complete pursuit, nothing is taken for granted from the ground to varnish coat each stroke is informed by his collective experience up to that moment.

As for music, Liz May is as dedicated as they come and through her musical pursuits she has gained the ability to communicate volumes with the lift of an eyebrow, a subtle gesture or nod. She is an ensemble artist in all that she does. Every day is dedicated to the pursuit and support of her passion and she has earned every bit of her skill through hard work and dedication.

I have also had the pleasure of working directly with Burgess Jenkins and when I see him on set, I know there is one less actor I need worry about, he will be prepared and mentally present, he will ask questions if he has them, and will listen to information that is given.

I regret I do not know Ms. Hambright-Ward, so I shall leave my artist comments at this; dancers are the most dedicated artists I work with in my artistic pursuits.

Thank you for reading.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Delurking the Womble Carlyle Gallery

Now at the Womble Carlyle Gallery the Arts Council is making good on its promise to facilitate bridging Downtown Winston-Salem's art communities with a show of recent works from Delurk Gallery Collective Member Artists.

Check it out this month July 11th - August 1st.

Artists Reception:
Wednesday, July 23 6-8PM.

For a more intimate peek at this diverse offering check out the YouTube link:

- jennimusing - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Location:Milton Rhoades Center for the Arts

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Neither a Mirror nor a Hammer

Patrick Harris's latest body of work speaks to me in volumes without a single word or nameable icon.
In this way it is a departure from what has become, for me, a familiar and comfortable dialogue.

You have most likely seen his work if you pay attention to what is on the walls around Winston-Salem. His are the iconic, pop influenced images of the musically infamous, the cinematically stellar, the artistically influential. Flat fields of color applied carefully with small brushes, chosen with great care for their explanatory perfection separated and defined by black or near black line work are typical of Harris's work, at least until now.

By my best reckoning, the seminal piece in the series, "Puzzled" appeared at Delurk in the fall of 2013 (Patrick will correct me if I am wrong). Black figures on a newsprint cream ground it was a number fill in puzzle... More clearly the portrait of a very particular puzzle, found in a book of puzzles in his father's hospital room, if I remember correctly, not fully completed by his father (a serious puzzler) as his motor functions began to fade. It was to be his last. The painting was arresting in its graphic clarity. People would arrive in the gallery and stop still in front of it. Without a word of explanation they felt its emotion; I could see that for myself watching from a passive position at the desk.

Mr. Harris and I do not spend much time talking casually. The conversation is almost always about art, artists, integrity, irony and the challenges of engaging in meaningful discourse in a profession focused on non-verbal communication. Today was no exception, but somehow it seemed more important, because now after more than two challenging years at Delurk Gallery, collaborating with a growing and ever changing collective of artists Patrick is weighing anchor for Charleston this summer.

- jennimusing - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Location:University Pkwy,Winston-Salem,United States

Monday, March 31, 2014

City of Arts and Innovation

Please look at these links...

Why Arts and Innovation?

Need to know more?
Visit Winston-Salem says

And our Arts Council uses the slogan, too...
Here's a link to one of their web pages...

And this:

“City of Arts and Innovation"
It's a slogan that has been around for 5 years or more. Many businesses and organizations have spent 10's of thousands of dollars on this branding slogan why not keep it. We are a city of art and innovation. All the fascinating and exciting new art galleries, plans for new downtown performing arts facilities, the proposed renovation/upfit to the Joan Hanes Theatre at the Stevens Center, a/perture Cinema's expansions in theatre space and creative programing, RiverRun Film Festival has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as qualifying festival for the Oscars along with many other growing entertainment opportunities. One certainly doesn't have to look far for more innovation and financial benefits in W-S with the commitment and growth in science and bio-technology industries... it is "The City of Arts and Innovation"!

Patrick O'Kelly
Technical Director
UNCSA Stevens Center

This is serious business folks!

Thousands of dollars could be wasted if we don't act now!